The premiums can be a daunting monthly expense which many may not deem necessary, but medical aid can literally save both your and your loved ones’ lives. According to last year’s Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) General Household Survey results,...
It was a busy weekend in East London, with thousands of ANC members in their green, black and gold attire flocking the beachfront where they attended the ANC’s eighth provincial conference at the ICC. They sang and chanted struggle...
A close encounter with a pride of crouched desert lions in a dry river bed could have signalled a messy end to East London professional adventurer Peter van Kets, who recently returned from mountain biking through 1300km of desolate...
Cofimvaba-born Mandisi Sindo, 28, says he is the artistic director of “the only shack theatre in the history of SA”. This is a grand statement, and today he might just be right. Sindo is indeed sitting in the most amazing theatre....
A new addiction is formed almost daily as millions of video game players – both young and old – are drawn to Minecraft. This freeform building game allows users to construct virtual worlds from blocks of different materials. It is...
A visual roundup of some events that took place at the weekend. With Heritage Day being celebrated around the country, many people enjoyed cultural and music festivals. The Mzantsi Cultural Festival at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium attracted a crowd that...
Virtual teachers are certainly an important step towards recognising the importance of creating access to digital learning and teaching platforms for all pupils but for Eastern Cape, it will not address the root problems. This is according to Rhodes University-based...
Dance teacher Linda Mills and her academy are back with their bi-annual production at the Guild Theatre, and to celebrate Mills’ 30 years in dance, it has been promised that this Shrek-themed dance extravaganza will be bigger than ever. The...
The latest South African jobs statistics continue to reflect a shockingly high unemployment rate which will take some doing to reverse. Concerns about the high levels of youth unemployment and the social upheaval this might cause have been widely expressed. But...
The Selborne College Drama Society continues to shine at theatres across the province. The boys’ drama group bagged yet another accolade on Saturday with a first place at the Alexander Playhouse Drama Festival for Eastern Cape High Schools. They walked...
Award-winning hip-hop star Senzo Vilakazi, popularly known as Kwesta, left his fans high and dry after only one song at the inter-varsity tournament after-party held at the University of Fort Hare Alice campus on Saturday night. Prior to his vanishing...
Consumers may find themselves between a chop and a hard place as the price of meat continues to rise. In a desperate aim to save a few rands, many consumers have ditched the meat isle at their favourite supermarkets and...
From the narrow streets of bicycle-riding Amsterdam to the wide and worn pothole-riddled roads of Flagstaff, two Dutch doctors have chosen to settle where even few locals would want to. Doctors Stephan Bontekoe and Quirine Huijgen – 32 and 31...

Weekend Life

Andre the Hypnotist ANDRE the hyponotist is live at the Guild Theatre until Saturday. His show starts at 7pm each evening. Tickets are R80. Available at Computicket. Queen’s Race THE Queen’s Race at Jan Smuts Stadium on Saturday from 6.30am is to...
The fourth annual Mandela Tribute event, a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life as a boxer and boxing enthusiast organised by Xaba Promotions and Events, saw hundreds gather at the East London International Convention Centre on Friday, where they were...
When Dr Melanie Drake takes the helm as Clarendon Primary’s new principal in a few days’ time, she will bring with her an admirable assortment of progressive and global views about gender and education and she cannot wait to...
Beatings , penile amputations, botched circumcisions and even deaths are some of the realities youths face in their quest to become men at Eastern Cape initiation schools. However Mdantsane traditional nurse Lufe Maki has dedicated his life to making sure...
Have you ever perused your Twitter or Facebook feed and realised you have no idea what anyone is saying? You are not alone. Words like “lit” and “woke” have entered the lexicon wearing new clothes, but what do they mean? The South...
It provides many a modicum of financial freedom – especially when it comes to big purchases such as a house or a car – but too much credit can be a bad thing, particularly for the youth. Financial information services...
You may think that your colleagues’ apparent unhappiness is nothing more than moodiness, without realising they could be displaying signs of a mental illness. Depression in the South African workplace is on the increase, with many employees continuing to attempt...
Confessions of a Black Listed Woman: She Bellows tackles a number of intertwined themes looking at black femalehood today.   It tells a satirical story of four dolls (women), who are trapped at a Doll Expo under the ownership of the...
Tableaux in Red: Oil on Canvas 1976 by the Selborne College drama society has been a hit with the crowds at the National Arts Festival. The play brings a fresh and thoughtful way to excavate the nation’s painful history,...
After months of carefully planning your baby’s drug- and surgery-free arrival, being told in the last few weeks of pregnancy that a natural birth is out of the question is depressing news for many women.  However, a new approach in...
Any property owner with a room to spare and a computer can easily earn a few hundred rands for letting travellers sleep in their home. Airbnb, an online hospitality service where people can lease or rent short-term accommodation which includes...
Despite the somewhat chilly weather, thousands flocked to the harbour this past weekend as they welcomed back the popular East London Port Festival after a five-year break. The entertainment, which catered for everyone, included stage performances, water and aerial activities...
Meet the singing Tete brothers! This might sound far-fetched considering Zolani and his elder brother Makazole are known for their boxing exploits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wioWrlqmT8U&feature=youtu.be They have blazed a trail in the boxing world by beating every opponent with Zolani making history by...
Top sportsmen usually have to overcome many challenges to achieve their dream of competing on the world stage. Newly-crowned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight champion Zolani Tete, who now has two major world boxing titles under his belt, is...
It's winter, a time when sniffles, colds and coughs are all too common and while many take a legitimate sick day to recuperate, there are those who are inclined to lie about being sick in order to enjoy a...
How to give the perfect cuddle, how to stop a nightmare and how to braid hair are some of the skills South African dads with daughters have mastered. In an online survey – conducted by toy giant Mattel in January...
To beard or not to beard – that is the question many men may be asking themselves these days. Male beards have made a definite comeback these last few years and while many think the craze has had its day,...
When Thabisa Ntoza* heard she was pregnant two years ago she was ecstatic at the news. She and her boyfriend had been talking about having a baby for years. According to Ntoza, the pregnancy was bliss and she enjoyed watching...
They're often labelled lazy and entitled and are known to change jobs at the drop of a hat – but a recently released survey on how millennials make career choices has revealed that they may just be misunderstood. Millennials are...
Casually searching for possible causes and remedies for a minor ailment on the internet may not seem like much of a big deal to you, but for many, it’s an obsession. Called cyberchondria, this disorder is evident in people who...
Before enrolling your child into a private school in South Africa, you should do your homework. They have mushroomed in the past few years and while many deliver on their promise to improve on government-level resources – others leave much...
Yellow bone is defined by the Urban Dictionary as a light-skinned black female. According to this website – a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang – the condition was a rarity in the black population, but thanks to skin lightening or skin...
Sudden suicide in your circle may leave you tormented by many questions around the motive or why no one noticed the symptoms of depression before it was too late. How would you then feel if the deceased left you a...
Your circumstances do not have to determine your future. This is the dominant theme in Luthando Lucas’s memoir titled I am, a story of how a former street child rose in the face of adversity to run a media company. Told...
It was the kind of evening that only crops up once every couple of years. My husband was away for work and my two children were with their grandparents. I had known for weeks that this rare window of freedom...
It's that time of year where it’s not just the air that’s cold – you could come down with one too. Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the colds and influenza. While the flu is a contagious virus which...
In the New Testament of the Christian Bible, Hebrews 13:4 states that the sex act is only reserved for and allowed in God-ordained marriage. Pre-marital sex is referred to as “fornication” throughout the Bible and OR Tambo mayor Nomakhozana...
In a world of outliers, wild men and women, bohemes, slackers and nutters, Shaun Tomson seems to float on a foamy bubble of goodness. I’m talking about surfers, and no matter how future generations may wish to groom and trim...
What began as an African history doctoral thesis at Dalhousie University in Canada by academic and author Timothy J Stapleton in the early 1990s, has seen the birth of one of the most informative reads about the life and...
So you have made the bold decision to leave your job and open your own business – the question is do you go at it alone or do you buy into a reputable franchise? This is a conundrum many business...
East London artist Stephanie Bester is to take her latest body of work, comprising sculptures and oil paintings to Port Elizabeth next month and the Western Cape in the second half of the year. Having staged an exhibition at L’Artigiano...
The national soccer team took to training at the Buffalo City Stadium ahead of their game against Angola tonight.
Here is this week’s list of fun activities around East London. 100 years of university print exchange art showcased. THE “100 Years of the University of Fort Hare Print Exchange” exhibition opens tomorrow at 6pm at the Steve Biko Centre in...
Dr Sara Gottfried is, in her own words, an “under-sleeper”. In our over-caffeinated, overworked and gadget-addicted society, she’s far from alone: researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities have found people are sleeping almost two hours a night...
Ivili loboya, a textile producer in the industrial town of Ibika in rural Eastern Cape, launched its debut Dedani Collection of fabrics in Johannesburg last month using fibre made from the local iMbuzi goat which it used in a...
A group of East London residents meet twice a week to punch, kick and wrestle as they learn how to take their power back from criminals. Self-defence classes – offered by Jason Iveson using a Hudson Park High School hall...
Rooted in English folklore, Stirling High School’s The Heart of Robin Hood may sound like just another stage spinoff of the 1973 Disney classic, but don’t write it off as another “been there done that” night out just yet. In...